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Polk City, Iowa

2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week

by Jake Schreier 3/24/2017

March 27-31, 2017


The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 27 through March 31, 2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Events

Storm Spotter Class - Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00-8:30 pm
Polk County Emergency Operations Center, 1907 Carpenter Ave., Des Moines, IA

Multimedia presentation containing information about identifying/reporting severe weather, severe weather safety, severe weather climatology in Iowa, thunderstorm types and threats, and more. Runs 90 to 120 minutes in length, is open to the public, and free of charge. Instructors are National Weather Service Meteorologists – Questions and discussions are encouraged!
Register here: https://us.eventbu.com/des-moines/polk-county-storm-spotter-training/1085614

Iowa Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday, March 29 (In case of severe weather, March 30th or 31st are the backup days)

10:00 AM – Test Tornado Watch issued for Iowa. The test watch will tone alert on NOAA All Hazards Radio.

10:30 AM – NWS Des Moines issues test tornado warnings. The test warning will alert on NOAA Weather Radio and Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated.

11:00 AM – Test tornado watch expires.

We encourage everyone to participate in the drill by practicing the implementation of your severe weather plan (alert and notification, internal communications and coordination, seeking your place of refuge, and staying informed of threat conditions).

Watch: A National Weather Service product indicating that a particular hazard is possible, i.e., that conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. A watch is a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness (i.e., to be alert for changing weather, listen for further information, and think about what to do if the danger materializes).*

Warning: A product issued by National Weather Service local offices indicating that a particular weather hazard is either imminent or has been reported. A warning indicates the need to take action to protect life and property. The type of hazard is reflected in the type of warning (i.e., tornado warning, blizzard warning, etc.).*

*Definitions taken from the National Weather Service Website: http://www.weather.gov/

 

For more information, preparedness resources and information about the outdoor warning siren activation policy in Polk County see the following sources and join our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Web
http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/emergency-management/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Polk-County-Emergency-Management-Agency/194139479525

Twitter
https://twitter.com/PCEmrgManAgency

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